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Powerpuff Girls #58

Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2005
By: Ray Tate

"Weather Vain"
"Undead Kola"

Writers: Amy Keating Rogers ; Robbie Busch
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

I should note that Sholly Fisch and the art team provide some cut out dolls to round out the page count. Part of me thinks that this is a good thing. Let kids be kids. The other part of me curls up into a fetal ball when thinking about somebody cutting up a comic book. Well okay, maybe "Sins of the Past."

The other stories definitely should not be cut up. In "Weather Vain" Rogers introduces what appears to be a new villain but with a very familiar personality. Could it be...Hmmmn. This is a pretty straightforward super-hero story apart from some comedy involving Bubbles finding enjoyment in every phase of inclement weather as well as a stand out slapstick scene which leaves the Girls chargrinned. I liked also that they saved their usual adversaries from deadly attacks of nature that none could stand against. It's a more positive look at the super-hero than what I'm used to seeing.

The second tale reintroduces or introduces the Zombie King who looks a lot like a caricature of Coffin Joe from Brazilian horror. Whatever the reason, the Girls offer a ghoulish good time in thwarting the zombies in a clever yet surreal way.

Artists Christopher Cook and Mike DeCarlo have no problems when rendering the zippy action or forecasting character to the panels. They all must do this within the climate of Craig McCracken's style, which makes them not just Powerpuff Girls artists but simply impressive artists who can adapt their own techniques to fit somebody else's mold. Mike DeCarlo is especially exemplary of the conceit not fitting the actuality since he used to partner often with the great Jim Aparo on the Batman titles.

Finally, don't skip over the letters page, for instead of the usual compliments all readable to be sure, Powerpuff Girls fans will get inside the brain of Amy Keating Rogers who also happens to be the head writer of the very cartoon on which the comic is based.

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